Redistricting vote approved by state Senate

 

By Brian McNeill

Published: February 2, 2009

Sen. R. Creigh Deeds' bill to establish a bipartisan commission to redraw Virginia's voting districts was unanimously approved by the state Senate today.

Deeds - who represents much of the Charlottesville area - said his proposal would remove politics from the political redistricting process Virginia conducts every 10 years.

Under the current system, districts are often drawn to protect incumbents and the majority party.

Bipartisan redistricting, backers say, would reduce gerrymandering and encourage more contested elections.

"People, not politicians, should come first in this process," Deeds said.

This is the third year the measure has passed in the Senate. Last year it was killed in the House of Delegates in an unrecorded subcomittee vote.

Deeds is one of three Democrats running for governor. His opponents are Brian Moran of Alexandria and Terry McAuliffe of McLean.

 

Charlottesville Daily Progress

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